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A risk assessment identifies potential hazards in your home if you’re a childminder. It is a legal requirement and you need to be able to show that you are aware of any risks and that you have plans in place to control and minimise these risks. Risk assessments take into account a large number of everyday things that may appear harmless or go unnoticed but could be dangerous if not recognised. Risks assessments should take into consideration a range of areas from the condition of toys and equipment to hygiene and cleanliness.
EYFS Guidance on Risk Assessments
Specific legal requirements
Statutory guidance to which providers should have regard
You will need to complete risk assessments for any outings you make or any regular trips to places such as parks and children’s centres. You can expect that children’s centres will have carried out their own risk assessments but you will need to consider how you would handle the children in your care if you were to leave to change a nappy and leave another one playing. In parks you will need to consider the safety of the fencing, play equipment, vehicles, dogs and exits and entrances amongst other things.
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